Listening to Barna Howard is like stepping into a time machine. Born in Missouri, Howard moved to Portland where he recorded his debut, self-titled album in a basement studio. Influenced by Bert Jansch, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, and James Talley, Barna Howard echoes the same legendary sound. Barna Howard is so honest, sincere and charismatic it’s hard to believe that it was released just over a week ago. It most certainly is one of the finest examples of true folk music I’ve heard lately. And, while writing a review for the album, I’m finding it hard to translate my feelings into words. I absolutely love, LOVE this album and that’s all I can say. Expressing my admiration and adoration for it would be like me trying to explain the meaning of life.